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Samuel Moshcovitz Papers

Identifier: P-1009

Scope and Content Note

The Papers of Samuel Moshcovitz contains a collection of sheet music from the early to mid-twentieth century, along with correspondence from lawmakers and organizations replying to letters sent to them by Moshcovitz. Two folders, plus one oversize folder, hold sheet music with copyright dates between 1905 and 1964. These are accompanied by a folder containing programs for a show called "Memories of the Yiddish Theater," written and directed by Mary Wolfman Epstein, and presented by Congregation Kehillath Israel, as well as sheet music used in the show. Items in these folders are arranged in chronological order.

One folder includes correspondence from lawmakers responding to Moshcovtiz's concerns about the United States policy in the Middle East, while another folder relates to Moshcovitz's request to distribute Senator Daniel Inouye’s commencement address delivered at Brandeis University on May 20, 1990. Moshcovitz sent out 360 copies of the address and received replies from lawmakers, including then President George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and members of Congress, along with organizations, such as the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, the National Media Resource Center, and the Anti-Defamation League. Both of these folders are arranged in alphabetical order by sender.


  • undated, circa 1905-1991


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and Yiddish.

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Biographical Note

Samuel Moshcovitz was born in Russia on March 22, 1907. He immigrated to the United States in 1923 and attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. He married Ethel Heffron on January 1, 1937, and the couple lived in Boston before moving to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Moshcovitz was a Certified Public Accountant employed at the firm of Deloitte & Touche. He was also a member of the President’s Council at Brandeis University and the Finance Committee of Beth Israel Hospital. He died on June 9, 1993 at Beth Israel Hospital, and Ethel Heffron Moshcovitz died on January 26, 2007.


  1. Material from the collection.


Samuel Moshcovitz is born.
Ethel Heffron is born.
Samuel immigrates to the United States.
Samuel and Ethel marry.
Samuel Moshcovitz dies.
Ethel Heffron Moshcovitz dies.


0.25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box, 1 oversized folder)


Samuel Moshcovitz was born in Russia in 1907 and immigrated to the United States, where he attended college and became an accountant. He was active in several Jewish organizations, including Brandeis University and Beth Israel Hospital, until his death in 1993. The collection contains a collection of sheet music from the early to mid-twentieth century, along with correspondence from lawmakers in response to letters from Moshcovitz regarding United States policy in the Middle East. Another folder relates to copies of a commencement address delivered by Senator Daniel Inouye and distributed by Moshcovitz to lawmakers and Jewish and news organizations.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Samuel Moshcovitz in 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Shannon Struble, 2015

Guide to Samuel Moshcovitz Papers, P-1009
Processed by Shannon Struble
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Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at American Ancestors Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States